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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in December 2009 at 7.8% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Utah 3.0% -0.1 -0.1
Provo 2.6% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in March 2010 at 17,960. There are now 9,964 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,953 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 43. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 7,996 -273 -191

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 7,996
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 8,269
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.9% 8,955
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 8,700
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 8,480
September
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 9,043
August
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.0% 9,085
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 8,735
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.8% 8,711
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.6% 8,085
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 8,608

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.